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Coleman School Moves Forward With Tennis Court Improvements

Issue Date: August 25, 2021

â€The beginning of the 2021-22 school is near and we are excited to open the doors for our students!†Elementary/Middle School Principal Yvette Marshall told Coleman School Board at its monthly meeting on Monday, Aug. 16. Students return to their classrooms on Wednesday, Sept. 1.

Elementary School will hold its Meet the Teacher event from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 30, and Middle School will hold Orientation at 2 p.m. the same day. Freshman and new high school student orientation is Monday, Aug. 30 at 12:45 p.m.

In accord with re-opening plans approved at previous meetings, masks will be allowed, but will not be required, in the buildings, on the grounds and on school busses. Classes will be face-to-face, in person, five days per week.

For the first time in many months, no one addressed the board during time for public comment, and there were almost no members of the public present.

Last year's Sixth Graders (now Seventh graders) missed out on the traditional trip to Camp Bird due to COVID last spring, and by unanimous vote, the board approved a Camp Bird stay for them from Tuesday, Sept. 14 through Friday, Sept. 17. This year's Sixth Graders will plan for Camp Bird in spring as usual.

In preparation for the new school year, new teacher inservice was scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 24, and August 25, 26, 30 and 31 were to be inservice days for all professional staff starting with a welcome back breakfast for all professional and support staff on Wednesday, Aug. 25.

Superintendent/High School Principal Doug Polomis noted the school has six new professional staff members this school year. They are Diandra Markiewicz, teaching Second Grade; Vanessa Lecy, teaching Third Grade; Megan Graetz, teaching Fourth Grade; Brooke Tupper, teaching Middle and High School Science; Katrina Mayer, as High School Guidance Counselor, and Shelby Kaisershot as School Success Coordinator.

Elementary/Middle School Principal Yvette Marshall said schedules are being fine-tuned and the office has been busy with helping families and teachers prepare for the new year.

She and Polomis thanked the buildings and ground staff, who have been moving classroom items, the IT crew who have been preparing technology, and the administrative assistant team who have been flexible in their work to help prepare everyone for their first day of school.

Polomis said the fall sports seasons had started and the football team had a four team scrimmage on Friday, Aug. 13. Their first game was to be Thursday, Aug. 19, versus Peshtigo at Coleman. Volleyball and cross country practice had started.

Picture Day with Lifetouch will be on Thursday, Sept. 9 and retakes will occur on October 27.

Marshall noted the New Teacher inservice on Tuesday, Aug. 24 was a time to welcome new teachers with their mentors. August 25 through 31 were to be in-service days for all teachers and staff. On Thursday, Aug. 26, secondary teachers will have Math and Science training from CESA and there will be a FastBridge assessment plan shared in the afternoon. On Monday, Aug. 30 there will be inservices regarding ClassLink and then the Meet the Teacher event in the afternoon. Finally, on Tuesday, Aug. 31 there will be more ClassLink training and a district meeting in the afternoon.

Marshall said several teachers had taken professional development training this month, including training for the new English Language Arts curriculum and PBIS at the Elementary level. Marshall said they had many teachers collaborating with their teams throughout the summer, and declared, â€We thank these teachers for their dedication for their continued professional development.â€

Board members present for the meeting were Jeremy Hoida, Joanne Nowak, Scott Herzog, Corey Kuchta President Ryan Wendt. Barb VanDrisse and Barb Krause-Klug were absent.

Polomis said the library shelving should be coming in and work on the Wall of Valor should start before the end of the week. An Open House for the public to view results of the Referendum Project remodeling is tentatively scheduled for Friday, Oct. 1. Construction of the restrooms and storage building at the baseball/softball fields should be completed by the end of September.

In addition to a long list of classroom related decisions made at the meeting, the board unanimously approved moving forward with plans to restore the tennis courts, despite lack of financial support from the Village of Coleman. Need for this has been discussed off and on by the board for more than three years.

Polomis said he and Building and Grounds Director Matt Markiewicz had gone to Grand Chute to view tennis courts with the tile system surface recommended last month by Frank Kolkman Tennis & Sports Surfaces of Grafton as an option for Coleman.

Polomis said he and Markiewicz were both pleased with the court surface at Grand Chute and felt this was the direction the board should proceed with. He said the surface would not only would be painted for a tennis court, but also for basketball, four square and pickleball, and would be made available throughout the day.

Initial cost of the tennis court refurbishing will be approximately $115,000 to $120,000, Polomis said, but there is a 10-year pro-rated manufacturers warranty and maintenance cost should total only $2,000 after 10 years. Fund 46 money would be used to pay for the project. Polomis said they could go out for bids in December, with the work to start in June and be done by mid-July. He said community members can use the courts also, but focus at school will be as a place that Middle School students will use for outdoor sports.. Polomis stated he did reach out again to the village for help with the expense, â€but at this time the village is hesitant to get involved.â€

The District will be moving to a new communication tool for information to be shared with families and students. This new communication tool, called â€Parent Square,†will allow information to be shared from the district, respective buildings, and teachers to families. This program even automatically translates for bi-lingual families, Polomis said. All coaches and teachers will be asked to use it.

Kuchta asked if there would be training in the program offered for parents, and Polomis said they will communicate with parents once they get everything worked out.

The only bid for snow plowing and ice removal this year was from Dan Risner & Son, and it was unanimously accepted by the board. Polomis said Risner's price on each piece of equipment increased by $10 per hour, and the sand/salt mixture spreading cost decreased by $5 per yard.

By unanimous votes, the board approved hiring Katrina Mayer as Senior Class Advisor and Peer Tutoring; Alexis Hoida as Special Education Paraprofessional (with Hoida abstaining), Dalton Keller as Middle/High School Student History Teacher, and Darlene Maloney as Middle School Volleyball Coach (with Nowak abstaining.)

Also by unanimous votes the board approved creation of a District Assessment Coordinator with a $2,500 annual stipend, and then approved hiring Shelby Kaisershot to fill that position, and then accepted the resignation of Special Education Paraprofessional Morgan Francis and approved hiring Samantha Christensen to fill that position.

The board approved a contract with DOT.Com Therapy for speech therapy services at $68 per hour for an estimated total of $28,867 for the year.

A $500 donation from Marinette County Breakfast on the Farm to the Coleman FFA was accepted with thanks.

The 2021-22 School Emergency Response Plan was approved as presented. Polomis had explained earlier in the meeting that the plan had been updated with staffing changes, phone numbers, and tornado space allocation for the 2021-22 school year. Memorandums of Understanding with St. Annes and Trinity Lutheran were approved at the July board meeting. â€All staff will be ALICE trained or recertified this year along with providing ALICE training to our students,†Polomis said. The Wisconsin School Safety Coordinators Association will be on site this year to review Coleman's plan(s) as part of a 3 year rotation.

Polomis reported he and Business Manager Lori Beland had met with representatives from National Insurance Services (NIS) to discuss the current benefit plan and data involving employees' health insurance usage and how that impacts our renewal rates. If the 12-month insurance data trend continues, they would be looking for things to be better (in terms of insurance costs) than they have been in years, Polomis commented.

Polomis reported the District had its annual audit and the review should be completed some time this fall to be shared with the board.

The TRITON board of directors met this past week and discussed the enrollment in AP Calculus and distance learning classes through NWTC. Area superintendents met this past week and had a planning session to discuss the topics of the upcoming meetings throughout the year.

The next board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Sept 20.


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